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Director of Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community In founder Debbi Brainerd and her husband Paul created IslandWood from a parcel of land originally slated for development Initially designed as an environmental learning center for children without access to outdoor learning programs IslandWood has grown into a bold leader in innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health a sustainable future and social and ecological wellbeing for all In recent years IslandWood has been pushing the boundaries of environmental education Its programs and actions are aimed at integrating relevant field based experiential learning into formal education fostering equitable access to learning experiences outside the classroom increasing diversity in the education science and environmental fields and cultivating sustainable communities through education KEY PROGRAM FACTS The Education for Environment and Community EEC Graduate program was developed from the beginning of IslandWood to address a compelling need for skilled and passionate environmental educators Over the last years over graduate students have spent months immersed in a professional learning community that integrates educational theory with mentored teaching practicum The context for the EEC practicum is IslandWood s School Overnight Program that welcomes over students each year to a four day residential learning experience on the Bainbridge Campus The entire month EEC program is run in partnership with the University of Washington s College of Education and provides a significant portion of the credits toward completion of a Master s in Education from UW The EEC program enjoys a strong relationship with the University of Washington and a robust alumni network ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS a The School Overnight Program the practicum experience for EEC graduate students reaches more than students and teachers from schools across the Puget Sound Area every year This program has developed strong community relations across racial and socio economic sectors in the Puget Sound region a IslandWood s Urban School Programs engage more than students in water themed science and engineering programs at the Brightwater Center every year and deliver field studies for nearly students in Seattle Public Schools The Urban School Programs team is also in the process of rolling out a new th grade science unit called Community Waters in all Seattle Public Schools that empowers students to identify local stormwater problems and design solutions a IslandWood also runs a separate graduate program in Urban Environmental Education in partnership with Antioch University Seattle This program is currently in its third year and has a strong emphasis on developing educators to work from within urban communities to foster environmental awareness knowledge and collective a IslandWood also welcomes more than participants to community events records nearly volunteer hours and serves over guests attending conferences and retreats held at the Bainbridge campus every year For more information about IslandWood please visit https www islandwood org Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Education IslandWood s next Director of Education for Environment and Community will be a leader who will strengthen and grow its innovative and inclusive environmental education graduate program The EEC Director is responsible for ensuring a robust academic relationship with the University of Washington Additionally the EEC Director provides the academic leadership for IslandWood s graduate faculty and mentors who support a month cohort learning community KEY RELATIONSHIPS Reports to Senior Vice President for Education Direct reports a Education for Environment and Community Program Coordinator a Practicum Supervisor a Garden Education Faculty a Arts Integration Faculty a Affiliate or visiting faculty Other key relationships a Director for Youth and Community Education a Director Urban Environmental Education Graduate Program a Director for Urban School Programs a Director of Program Impact KEY RESPONSIBILITIES a Program Vision a Preparing the next generation of environmental educators for formal and informal settings requires that the Director keep current with trends and envision future needs in environmental education a Program Leadership a Engage faculty in providing high quality graduate instruction that is consistent with IslandWood s project based constructivist model Oversee curriculum development and program improvement a University Partnership Engagement a Engage with the affiliated faculty at University of Washington College of Education toward a mutually beneficial relationship Manage all university paperwork in a timely and proactive manner a Program Integration a Work closely with other IslandWood Program Directors to ensure that there is thoughtful integration of program objectives including sharing of instructors and supporting outcome for each program a Financial Stewardship a Ensure that the EEC program maintains financial health This is directly connected to maintaining a full program enrollment and thoughtfully managing expenditures a Research Publishing and Outreach a Maintain a robust schedule of publishing regarding the impact of the EEC programs REQUIRED EXPERIENCE a Earned doctorate or equivalent in Environmental Education Teacher Education Education or related field a Track record of success in graduate program design and sustainability and staff leadership a Previous work experience demonstrates a growth mindset and aligns with IslandWood s strategic focus to be a leader in innovative and inclusive education for the planet a Experience working with individuals from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES Cultural Capacity The new Director will show an authentic interest in continual cultural capacity growth on both a personal and programmatic level and will lead in a way that honors IslandWood s commitment to diversity equity and inclusion by a Seeking out and elevating diverse voices a Understanding and acknowledging the implicit biases that can undermine the impact of instruction and of an organization s work with and on behalf of diverse communities a Speaking with humility and demonstrated self awareness and showing comfort and authenticity with difficult conversations a Ensuring inclusive and equitable practices policies and programs in the EEC program Advocate for Nontraditional Learning and Teacher Education The primary focus of the EEC graduate program is to nurture educators in their development toward instructional proficiency and mastery The Director will be the leader of the EEC learning community and will model excellence in instruction as well as the mentoring of novice educator graduate students a Experience designing nontraditional education programs for adult learners ideally for educators a Ability to work nimbly between University community based and not for profit organizations a Savvy with organizational change Environmental Education Expertise The Director will possess a substantial background in environmental education instruction leadership and research a Possess a firm grasp of the foundational ideas and practices of environmental education a Embrace a vision for st century environmental learning and a skillset necessary for educators a Pursue questions of the enduring efficacy of environmental education across sectors DESIRED PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS a Demonstrate IslandWood s core values that enable teams and individuals to succeed with shared respect and purpose a Advocate for children education and the environment a Support IslandWood s strategic plan to expand mission and impact a Listen attentively with a collaborative approach a Possess a restless pursuit of excellence a Model sincere ethics and integrity APPLICATION DETAILS Submit a cover letter resume CV and Application for Employment form including contact information for three current references to employment islandwood org a OR a Search for Director of Education for Environment and Community Graduate Program IslandWood Blakely Ave NE Bainbridge Island WA IslandWood is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from qualified individuals without regard to race color religion gender sexual orientation gender identity or expression national origin age disability pregnancy genetic information marital status amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal state and local laws We encourage diverse applicants because we believe having a staff that authentically reflects the community we serve is critical to our ability to be culturally responsive The Chronicle of Higher Education Category Education Keywords Graduate Education Director


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